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Eight Paths to Special Education Teacher Leadership

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Special Education Teacher Leadership

Presented by Belva C. Collins, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Sponsored by Brookes Publishing



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Administrators aren’t the only education professionals who can take on leadership roles. Every teacher can be a leader—and this edWebinar will show special educators how to choose and navigate their own individual path to educational leadership.

In this edWebinar, Belva C. Collins, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will introduce you to eight different paths you can follow to become a leader in your school and community:

  1. Making data-based decisions and conducting classroom research
  2. Effecting schoolwide change
  3. Mentoring other teachers and paraprofessionals
  4. Conducting professional development and consultations
  5. Working effectively with families
  6. Supporting students during transitions
  7. Advocating for students
  8. Connecting with professional organizations that address disability-related concerns

Dr. Collins will guide you through reflective experiences and challenge you to develop your own personal leadership plan that you can accomplish without leaving the classroom. You’ll also learn from examples of effective special education teacher-leaders and get practical guidelines for following various leadership paths. This session is essential viewing for all special education professionals, from pre-K through high school. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

Belva CollinsAbout the Presenter
Dr. Belva C. Collins is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Kentucky, having served as Chair of the Special Education departments at both institutions. Beginning as a rural special education teacher, she has focused on serving students with low incidence disabilities for over 40 years. Her research on systematic instruction and personnel preparation has resulted in numerous texts, research publications, and professional presentations. Dr. Collins served as Chair of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) and Editor of Rural Special Education Quarterly, resulting in receipt of the Eagle Award for lifetime service. She also served on the Executive Board of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) and recently received the North Carolina Special Education Teacher Educator of the Year Award. She currently works on a national project to facilitate inclusion of students with significant disabilities.


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